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obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum. how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. stephanie cutter and newt gingrich. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy. threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lakes. it's caused both candidates to scramble their schedules. we'll get into that, plus our latest abc news/washington post poll in just a moment. but let's begin with sam champion from lower manhattan. he's following the track of sandy right now. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. the satellite picture will show you this storm is one of the largest that we have ever seen in the atlantic basin. the latest out from the hurricane center, it feels exactly the same way for several days, making a left-hand turn to for the coastline by monday. we got tropical-force win
a bank of early votes, ones that make wink those battleground states a tougher challenge for romney. obama campaign officials argue polls of early voters in battleground states suggest their bank of obama votes means that romney will have to win on election day well more than half the votes in key states to win. but the president is not relying solely on early voting or even on this new rekindled bipartisan pitch. in this state alone, diane, president obama and his allies have run 16,000 more ads than romney and his allies. and if that's not enough for you, on monday, president obama will be back here in ohio with bruce springsteen. diane? >> okay, thank you jake. >>> and also tonight, the latest in our brand new daily abc news/"washington post" polls. tonight, the poll gives mitt romney a one-point edge. so, we asked abc's david muir to tell us his strategy for the final stretch. >> reporter: mitt romney bolting through the battlegrounds. today, on the plane, it was the candidate taking pictures. romney capturing images of his staff sneaking a nap as romney races to the finish. in
. >> the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> christie is one of mitt romney's most outspoken supporters on the trail picked to give the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> real leaders don't follow polls. real leaders change polls. >> if history teaches us anything, it's that some things are bigger than politics. in washington i'm terry dun ham. >> it seems republican nominee mitt romney is softening the attacks on his opponent. yesterday romney held three rallies in florida but did not mention president obama's name at all. while romney was in florida, obama was in new jersey touring storm damage there and romney is now getting ready to kick off the final days of campaigning. while the election is a big deal for the future of our country, no doubt about it, we have certainly seen the campaigning mode for a whole lot of other issues, and it's probably fair to say that some of you are ready for the election to be over. if you're one of those people you're not alone. we want to show you what happened to a girl, 4 years old, when she heard the ele
will be determined in just the next four days. the latest abc news poll shows mitt romney leading by one point. and while president obama enjoys overwhelming up port from african-americans, it's complicated. a new documentary series asking, will those same voter who propelled him to victory in 2008 turn out again? here's abc's pierre thomas for your voice, your vote. >> what he represented to a nation of kids was hope. >> in this campaign ad released today, superstar rapper jay-z encourages black voters to get out the door and into the polling booth for barack obama. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> rorter: with a 96% approval rating among black voters, though -- >> four more years! four more years! >> reporter: you may wonder why it's necessary. the reason? while support for the president among the democratic faithful remains high, this time, there's a decidedly different feel than that of election night 2008, a historic moment for the country as a whole, but a particularly meaningful one in the african-american community. >> i can't believe it! >> reporter: the tears flowed
for undecided voters. >> this election will have huge consequence. >> reporter: romney set his sights on havev. the president won the state in 2008 but now the republican candidate hopes to turn it red again. >> the obama folks are chanting four more years, but our chant is this, five more days. five more days. >> reporter: the latest poll in virginia shows it's to close to call. obama leads 49-47%. with in the margin of error. >> hello wisconsin. >> reporter: the president started his three state swing in paul ryan's home state where he asked for more time to finish the job. >> as long as there is a single american who wants a job but can't find one our work isn't done. >> reporter: rounding out his day campaign stops in nevada and colorado. it combined 15elect, roal votes. the running mates also out in full force. four campaign events between the two. in iowa, the vice president accused the romney campaign of flip-flopping. > >> they are shameless. >> reporter: in colorado paul ryan argued the obama policies aren't working >> reporter: over the next several days you can expect to see mor
election day, president obama and mitt romney look for every last vote in the battleground states. we'll tell you their last-minute strategies. >>> and jackpot. what to do with 20 million bucks in lottery winnings you didn't know you had. >> it's getting crazier. and i can't stop crying. >> wait until you see her reaction when she realized she was sitting on a fortune. >>> good morning, everybody. so great to be back with you and with the entire team here after what has been a very, very long week. here we are, five days post-sandy. and federal relief is finally arriving for the people of staten island. i was out there this week. and the damage is astonishing. biblical, really. two images i'll never forget. a jacuzzi in the trees. look at that. and i met a guy whose house was picked up and moved across the street. you're going to see it when the camera turns here. his house was there. and now, it's there. >> parts of the city really look like a war zone this week. >>> also, look at this. these are food lines in manhattan. hundreds of new yorkers, waiting for something to eat. for many
obama and governor mitt romney in a dead heat, with five days to go before americans get to the polls. your voice, your vote. and abc's jake tapper has more. >> reporter: hurricane sandy has forced the president to cancel his appearance at seven campaign events. but he may have gotten something more valuable. >> you're going to be okay. everybody's safe, right? >> reporter: the opportunity to lead and be seen leading. today with new jersey's republican governor chris christie a shelter in brigantine, new jersey. >> hang in there. >> thank you. >> reporter: theirs was a most public display of bipartisan ship today, a trait many undecided voters process to love, one sorely lacking in washington, d.c. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me and i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive, he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back. even stronger than before. >> reporter: the president seems confident. his campaign manager said they have the math, romney's
with less than a week un,000 titil e day. the blunt, brash, republican governor one of mitt romney's most staunch supporters. with his state facing historic devastation and massive rebuilding, christie welcomed the president's help. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. this its our sixth conversation since the weekend. and, it's, it's been a great working relationship. >> reporter: in such a tight race, romney couldn't afford to lose another day on the campaign trail. he was in florida, a state that is essentially a must win for him. romney set aside his usual attacks and struck a subdued optimistic tone. >> this is a turning point in american history. >> reporter: only fleeting reference to the president. >> it is a new path of bold, aggressive change. become to politics for president obama. he'll make stops in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> by all measures this is still a tied race, that is still going to come down to a few key swing states, ohio. according to a "the new york times" poll we got yesterday, hallow
at mitt romney saying his economic plan is just a rehash the policies that led to the country's economic crisis and heads to the all-important state of ohio later today. >>> and for his part, mitt romney was in virginia at several campaign stops. he criticized the president for not doing enough to help businesses. also romney said the nation needs a president who understands business better. romney's aides are conceding that the storm's slowed some of his momentum but insist their internal polls show him ahead in some of those toss-up states. romney visits wisconsin and also ohio today. >>> and from the lighter side of politics, vice president biden went on david letterman's show last night to read his top ten list. >> oh, joe, the subject, the top ten reasons to vote early. here's some of the highlights. >> if you vote early you don't have to pay taxes. i'm sorry, i'm being told that's not accurate >> that's not accurate. number two. >> early voters receive a $5 million donation from donald trump. >> wow! and the number one good thing about voting early, ladies and gentlemen -- >> hones
obama and mitt romney are going through battleground states for every vote. in this down-to-the-wire race, how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. look at this. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are now working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker managed to convince 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this man went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there overnight, exclusively, for the big payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. i had no idea ron claiborne was a big billy idol fan. >> i am, indeed. and justin bieber fan. >> who knew? >> thanks, ron. >>> good morning, everybody. we want to get straight to the big story this morning. that superstorm. abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is in florida, tracking what could be a once-in-a-century event. >> sandy ha
. president obama stopped campaigning today to meet with fema. mitt romney had to cancel rallies in the state of maryland a short time ago, calling off the first day of early voting tomorrow. and look at this tonight. it all comes as the latest abc news poll shows this is a dead heat, mitt romney, ahead of president obama by just one point, 49% to 48%. and with a race this tight, a big question tonight -- could the hurricane upend this final stretch? here's abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show deci
like a campaign stop in battleground ohio mitt romney deliberately stepped off the stump to accept leaf donations and encourage more but he avoided questions about his previous stance on the role of fema. >> governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> reporter: president obama stayed in washington to visit red cross, attend briefings with governors and utility ceos. >> i think he's handled it well. >> reporter: compassionate or calculated, depending on who called into the radio show in youngstown, ohio. >> where was it when it happened in ben gaza and i and he flew t snas he learned his lesson. >> reporter: a vital corner of a vial state with 28 visits from romney this year, 19 from obama. >> president obama wasn't able to come as planned because of the storm. >> reporter: do you think that hurts his cause in ohio? >> absolutely not. i think more people respect him for doing what what the president is supposed to do. >> reporter: the drizzle wasn't enough to keem elaine from going door to door on obama's behalf tonight. >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: hello. a few mile
surrogate for mitt romney and the keynote speaker at the republican national convention. the president had this message for voters. >> we need to make sure that everybody whose lost a loved one know they're in our thoughts and prayers. we are here for you. we will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: so far his team has said tomorrow he will be back on the trail and making stops in wisconsin, colorado and also nevada. >> so meanwhile, mitt romney resumes campaigning in the battleground of florida. seems like he's backing off the rhetoric a little bit. >> reporter: he's trying to strike this positive tone as he gets back out there on the campaign trail. today he has three different stops in that battleground of florida. he touched on the deviation along the east coast and didn't mention the opportunity to make a pitch to voters. >> 23 million people struggling to find a good job. this is something that, in my view, require last different path. i believe this is the year for us to take a different course. ly bring real change and real reform an
on the trail that will be winding through the main battleground states in the days ahead. romney and the president are visiting 7 states today through sunday romney's campaign says the traditionally democratic state of pennsylvania is in play and announced the candidate will stop there sunday. the obama campaign is calling that an act of desperation. team romney said they are on the offensive and look at an extended map. most everything between now and election day will have heated back and forth exchanges including the jobs report that's coming out today n washington -- from washington, now back to you. >>> president obama received a surprise endorsement days before election. yesterday michael blockberg announced support for the incumbent. he said this week's extreme weather led to that endorsement. he acknowledged the storm devastating his city could be evidence of climate change and said president obama developed a strong environmental record during the first term. mayor bloomberg is a former republican now turned independent. >>> all right. let's talk about what's going on he
from election day it is a buckeye state battle. tonight outside cincinnati mitt romney got a little help from his friend. >> kid rock warm up the crowd of nearly m. many republican allies came out. romney deliver his closing argument. >> do you want more of the same or do you want real change. >> the most recent polls have the president ahead or show a tied race. one key reason, the president has his theory. >> i understand govern romney has had a tough time here in ohio because he was against saving the auto industry. >>ed to mr. obama launched a fresh attack accusing his rival of trying to this scare off voters. >> italians are going to build jeeps in china. >> chrysler said that is not true. there are no plans to move production to china. a rep said it was cynical campaign politics at its worst. >> both campaigns are trying to reach the magic number. no matter how you do the math with the eight battleground states it is clear ohio is the key. >> ohio is the tate -- state we need to win. this campaign hopes the enthusiasm they saw here will be seen across the state on election ni
on the campaign trail. take us through some of the highlights from today. >> reporter: earlier today mitt romney spoke in wisconsin and he called this his closing argument. >> words are cheap. a record is real and it's earned. real change is not measured in words. real change is measured in achiefments and four years ago candidate obama promised so very much but he's fallen. >> reporter: as for the president he argues it comes down to trust. >> you may be frustrated sometimes by the pace of change but you know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. you know i will fight for your families every single day. you know that. >> reporter: as if there wasn't enough political news out there today there's this brand-new cnn/orc that shows president obama has a slight lead over mitt romney so it's a dead heat there. >> thank you for that report. >> four square is trying to do its part to get people to vote. it's launched a new app called "i voted." app users must have a primary four square account to use this service. >>> all right. i'm wyatt everhart. we continue to watch the
at home. >>> is the healthcare reform act really the answer? it's the landmark for pob and mitt romney said he will repeal it immediately. >> it's a 10,000 page bill -- or law. there's going to be some good. there's going to be some bad. i believe that it is the signature law for president obama and the signature law for governor romney in massachusetts. i personally would repeal the bad and try to keep the good, especially maintaining insurance on our children until they're 26. >> we have about a minute left. while you are one person running for congress, how do you address the on going stalemate and jm nastiness that exists in both houses? >> i believe it's due to party alee gens. they both feel they need to defend their party. overall, as a libertarian, i don't have the part aplea gens, so i basically would be able to reach across the aisle and come with a come promiessments truly my only reresponsibility is to the people of my district and the people of this country. >> all right. paul drogos. good luck in november. to see the interview and other candidate interviews, log on to abc
boats. >>> five days to go. barack obama and mitt romney dash back to the trail, as the clock ticks to election day. this morning, our bottom line on each side's path to victory. the last-minute moves. and this little girl's emotional plea going viral. >> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >>> and jaws-dropper. the woman who saved her own life by punching out a 12-foot tiger shark. she tells us about the astonishing moment when her martial arts kicked in. the karate chop that saved her life. >>> and good morning, everyone. hello to robin at home. we are getting back to normal here in times square. but look at these live shots. >> rabbit rabbit. >> rabbit rabbit, robin. let's look at the live shots downtown right now. still so dark in lower manhattan. this is a city divided right now. it's going to take days, maybe longer, for the power to come back. and the scale of destruction is becoming so clear in so many places. look at the aerial shots of breezy point, new york, home to generations of firefighters and police. hit so hard by 9/11. now, hit again. more than 100 homes des
the romney and obama campaigns think they're winning. the obama campaign points to the president leading or tied with romney in the eight closest battlegrounds. while the romney campaign says the president's playing defense in michigan, pennsylvania and minnesota, democratic turf. rob and sunny? >> at this point, no one really knows. five days and counting. tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> and more than 1,000 people around louisville, kentucky, have spent the night out of their homes. they were forced to evacuate when fire erupted at the site of a train derailment. 11 cars went off the tracks monday, leaking a highly-flammable chemical. three cleanup workers were hurt in that incident. >>> and look at this. smugglers came up with an innovative way to sneak across the border. but it did not work as planned. instead of using an underground tunnel, they tried to cross over from mexico to arizona by driving across a makeshift ramp. as you can see, they abandoned that plan, leaving their jeep struck on the 14-foot-high border fence. >> that wasn't a good plan. >> no. be
romney to cancel a number of campaign events. >> but with just a few days to go before the election, the campaigning back on today. so we'll have an update on what both candidates have planned for today. >>> also an interesting story today, health benefit you can get from watching horror films. it might surprise you. we'll tell you when "good morning maryland" continues. >>> i know our -- we stay safe during the storm alerts on your phone, if you didn't have it, you can get it. all you have to do is go to our app store and make sure you stay alert. we can see the temperature right now at 40 degrees in westminster. don't go anywhere, "good morning maryland" will be right back. >>> thanks for joining us, both presidential campaigns were forced to cancel events due to sandy. >> it's about to be business, again, six days away from the election. >>reporter: presidential campaigning will start back up today, but it won't be full steam ahead just yet. the president will travel to new jersey to assess storm damage alongside governor chris christie. it will be an unusual sight to see this
mess. >>> the president, picking up a high-profile endorsement as he and mitt romney sprint to the finish. just four days left. >>> and a good luck story. the lottery winner who finally found her ticket worth millions, with little time to spare. >>> good friday morning. i'm sunny hostin, in for paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we begin this friday with some powerful images, all from sandy's aftermath. first up, people waiting hours for gasoline. long lines. this one, in long island, new york. efforts to resupply the region are now taking top priority. >> in new jersey, a brand-new opening in the barrier island on which the devastated community of seaside heights. testimony to the storm's power. >> and a woman surveying what is left of her new jersey home. the wreckage there, like a bomb went off. >>> amid all the devastation, there are incremental steps towards normalcy being made. limited amtrak service resumes today along the heavily-traveled northeast corridor. >> crews in manhattan are trying to make good on a promise to restore all power by tomorrow. on top of that,
, president obama will tour hard hit areas of nudge today. mitt romney will hold three campaign events today. in florida, he turned a scheduled political rally yesterday in ohio in a bid to support sandy relief efforts. >> we won't be able to solve all the problems with our effort this morning. one of the things i learned in life is you make the difference you can. >> democrats have been hammering romney over a statement he made at a debate last year in which he said some of fema's responsibilities should be turned over to the states. >>> and sandy is looming large over next week's presidential election with officials scrambling to make up for time lust to the stotime -- time lost to the storm. >> early voting sites were forced to close in battleground states like north carolina and virginia. maryland extended early voting to friday. pennsylvaniaians have until tomorrow to request an absentee ballot. despite the tragedy if you care about the election get out there and vote. >> hate to hear any stories that are going to come about in the next week or so that people weren't able to get to the
voters go to the polls. >> we have seen some of the effect. both governor romney and president obama have canceled events in virginia. one big impact right now. also, it's going to effect their effort to get out the vote. didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. two other key states that will impacted. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder, if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> you show that you're in touch. the president was already talking to the federal emergency management agency. he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. more than any other factor. >> in nonweat
obama? or bolster romney's claims on the economy? jake tapper is in ohio. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning from a barn outside columbus, george. that's right, with this race so close here in ohio, any major event could tip undecideds or soft voters into the obama camp or the romney camp. so, all eyes are on the jobs report in this nail-biter of an election. stumping for votes, the candidates leave no stone unturned. in west virginia, romney was heckled. >> what about the climate? that's what caused the storm. >> reporter: he did some heckling of his own against the president. >> the president said he was going to consider putting in place a secretary of business. i don't think that what we need is another government bureaucrat that supposedly knows something about job creation. i think it would be helpful to have a president that actually understands job creation. >> reporter: as the president did in green bay, vegas, and boulder. fresh from hurricane sandy, he talked unity. >> there's no democrats or republicans dung a storm. just fellow americans. >> reporter:
. but not in louden county, virginia. >> i'm barack obama, candidate for president. >> i'm mitt romney, i'm running for president. >> and i approve this message. >> reporter: just outside d.c., this is where government workers raise family and take salsa lessons while the native good old boys shake their heads at all that traffic and new mcmansions. >> probably a little bit less friendly than it used to be. >> reporter: people have been yapping politics at the leesburg restaurant since 1865, but this year, it seems the passion is hotter than the grits. >> we're not moving forward. we're moving backwards. take a look at the unemployment. take a look at where we are as a nation. look at our foreign policy. look at what just happened overseas. where was the president when that happened? i'm embarrassed. >> i'm staying behind obama and if he's listening, this is what i want him to hear. >> reporter: what? >> he should say to his voters, i can do it right or i can do it fast. do it right. four years? after all those years of -- good morning. >> reporter: colonel, did she upset you? >> if you are republi
reason to show it again. this is abigail evans. she's tired of barack obama and mitt romney. four years old, in tears. >> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >> we spoke to abigail's mom, liz. they told us they don't even have a television. she's upset about the radio. >> she's a swing state. >> the election will be over soon, okay? >> okay. >>> taking a leap of faith. ♪ >> tacos, delicious food. >> thumbs up for me. >> canons can be fun in the right setting. why not combine the two? >> taco cannon? >> this is in austin, texas, and if you look right over here, there's a guy with a taco cannon shooting tacos into this crowd of people. they scramble for a taco that are, of course, wrapped up. what better way to have fun? >> better be really good taco. >> i don't care if it's a mediocre ta mediocre taco. >> baseball games, they shoot the hotdogs. they do this for fun. get free tacos shot at your face. >> that's literally getting your product out there. >> i'm surprised no injuries. >> funny if they shot the tacos, then the hot sauce. next time you're in austin, check it out. get a
, president obama and governor romney back out making their case to voters, as the clock ticks down. five days until americans go to the polls, your voice, your vote. and tonight, our brand new abc news/"washington post" poll shows this. the president with a one-point edge. he also got a big helpful endorsement today and i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor, anchor of "this week," george stephanopoulos. >> reporter: that's right. mayor michael bloomberg had criticized president obama in the past, said he was not going to endorse, today, he said he's endorsing the president because he believes he's best positioned to lead on the issue of climate change, which the mayor believes had an impact on this hurricane. that comes on top of that praise from governor chris christie, the republican governor of new jersey yesterday and the poll you cited shows that nearly 8 out of 10 americans think the president has done a good job handling this hurricane. >> what about the voters who are worried they're not going to be able to vote because of this storm? >> reporter: action is being taken a
will speak there. the president will not. mitt romney had to scrap campaign plans yesterday in the state of virginia. you can imagine this is just a distraction. neither one of the fellows wanted coming right in the last full week of campaigning. the timing couldn't have been worse. >> mitt romney take it as an opportunity to express that fema and this should be a state issue not necessarily a federal run issue that the state should have. supremacy over that. >> right. >> definitely like you said, a distraction that they, that they -- what are we talking politics? and binders? >> the president's day job. he has to go do that for a few days. >> of course going to be following the latest on hurricane sandy throughout the morning. make sure you stay with abc news, both onisha^ and online for complete coverage of the storm. >>> most of of will remember this day for the hurricane and whatever it may bring. but for these san francisco giants, they are waking up this morning as world series champions. the giants defeated the detroit tigers last night in game four, final score of this one, 4-3,
's starting up again with the romney campaign heading to new states. and new polls showing president obama holding slim leads in the key battlegrounds. it's "your voice, your vote." and abc's jonathan karl is in florida. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. that storm did not delay this campaign for long. joe biden and mitt romney will be campaigning hard down here in florida today. the storm has forced the president to cancel several campaign events. but it has also given him a chance to show some presidential leadership. >> my message to the federal government, no bureaucracy, no red tape. get resources where they're needed. >> reporter: and later today, he'll get a firsthand look at the damage on the new jersey shore, with none other than the state's republican governor, chris christie. christie is a die-hard romney supporter. but he's had nothing but praise for the president's handling of the storm, which he says is all that really counts right now. >> i don't give a damn about election day. it doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. i've got much bigger fish to fry
romney put the brakes on the campaign until sandy is tamed. >> reporter: president obama was a no-show to his own rally in orlando florida this morning. whist away on air force one to get ahead of the worst of hurricane sandy and to warn those in its p ath. >> when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: the white house eager to show the president looking and command released to photographs of him eating with advisers preparing for the storm. between his campaign and that romney had been canceled. two events went on without the president including one in youngstown ohio where former president clinton and vice president biden got a first- hand feel for the storm's winds. heavy wind and rain impacted early voting in ohio and other contested states, directly in the storm's path including two that also have early in-person voting. >> as analogous and is not scheduled to be back on the campaign trail until wednesday but that is subject to cancellation. diane? >> all right, jake. thank you and coming-of-age or medically story, hurricane sandy sings a mighty ship, s
out of hand. i got to handle it. i said, mr. president, that is the right call. >> reporter: romney squeezed in ralliesen avon lake, ohio, and davenport, iowa, before pressing pause on this campaign. >> hopefully your thought and prayers will join with me and people across the country when you think about folks that are in harm's way. we love our fellow americans. wish them well. >> this is the closest election since modern polling began in 1936. with the candidates averaging a 48% to 48%, tie, since september. and in the perfect storm of an election comes this storm, slicing a path through battleground state, north carolina, virginia, ohio, and new hampshire. potentially impacting early voting. and who knows where the recovery from the storm will be one week from tomorrow. thus the candidates are trying to project leadership. >> speaking today with the national weather service and folks at fema they're preparing for the landfall of a very, very dangerous hurricane. >> reporter: a tougher task perhaps for the candidate who does not runt f the federal government. with president obama
. >> the healthcare reform act, president obama's landmark piece of legislation. mitt romney said if elected, he would repeal and replace it we shouldn't repeal something that allows someone to something on their parents insurance until age 26, closing the donut hole for our seniors. on this medicare issue we save money in medicare through the reform act but we've taken those dollars, put them right back into the medicare program it make sure there are strong benefits. >> you mentioned constituent cynicism. there's a stalemate and general nastiness on capitol hill. how do you answer that when someone says representative, this is going too far? >> i think they're right when they look at washington and see this gridlock and fed up with it. we have to treat each other with respefnlgt reach across the aisle and try to build these relationships. we have to work at it. >> thank you for the time today. to see this interview and others, go to our website, abc2news.com/politics. as always, don't forget to vote on tuesday, november 6th. >> oh, yeah. it's halloween tonight. >> i'm heading out trick or treating.
obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're crying? oh, it will be over soon, abby. okay? the election will be over soon. okay? >> okay. >> the girl's mother elizabeth evans said they were listening to npr on the way to the grocery store, and abigail started crying. well, npr got wind of this story and post add personal apology to abigail. the note went on to read "we must confess, the campaign has gone on too long. enough for us, too." so it looks like abigail is in good company. >> it's cute. >> it is cute. she's so cute. >> exactly. that's sweet. i mean, she echoes the sentiments of a lot of people, that's for sure. >> she said she wants to be an astronaut, by the way, not a politician, so just to clear that up. >> exactly. >> politics have soured on that little girl. >> let's talk about what's going on on maryland's most powerful radar. we do see some wet weather, very light in nature. if you're going to be heading out and about around middle river, expect drizzle and light shower, we slide back towards the west, we can see it still lingering around mount airy, and back towards the
is to eliminate blithe and stabilize the community. >>> mitt romney plans to make his closing arguments to america today in which is contin. -- wisconsin expected to focus on his idea to boost the economy. election day is tuesday november 6th. >> president obama is bringing star power for the final days of the campaign trail. bruce springsteen will perform at presidential stops along the way with wisconsin, ohio and iowa on the map and jay-z will perform at an ohio stop. >>> for most kids the major motivation is snag as much candy as possible. matthew gilbert is more concerned about where the candy is placed so he went for halloween as a bolt box. >> -- ballot box. >> this is a box that goes about down to here and it is split in happen when you vote we open it from the bottom and pour out candy and count each one. >> he factor in a 5% margin of airior for candy eaten alone the way. president obama won 90 to 3. gilbert went as ballot box in 2008 and obama won that too. >> pretty clever. >>> we are getting creative for breast cancer awareness. >> carol hospital september put together a video -- cent
obama, mitt romney and their campaign are preparing for hurricane sandy. >> in times like this, one of the things that americans do, we pull together and help out one another. >> reporter: the obama campaign is encouraging supporters by e-mail, twitter and their home page to donate to the hurricane relief effort. the romney campaign loaded supplies on the bus in virginia to prepare to deliver them to local storm centers after the storm hits. >> i know right now some people in the country are nervous about the storm to hit t coast. i thought those are the people our prayers are the people in harm's way. >> reporter: safety. >> fact is, keeping people alive first. >> reporter: will the storm impact the race? >> well, i hope it's not going to affect the voters by election day. >> reporter: it could. in virginia where there's a virtual tie, voters who may be affected by the storm can now vote absentee in person. while storm preparations have been going on, so has the campaign. the president reminded voters a fee went up while romney was the governor of massachusetts. >> he raised fees t
early voting and the president and mitt romney canceled rallies in key bate ground states. >>> we have more coming your way as we continue to track hurricane sandy. >> what you need to know to keep yourself and your family safe. good morning maryland at 5 begins right now. >> you're watching the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >> sandy churns over the atlantic but she is making her presence felt here. we are working for you this morning with information you need ahead of the storm. this one could prove to be historic. >> that's the big story today. hurricane sandy as we get ready to get hit and get hit hard. thanks for joining us i am megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. let's go over to lynette charles who is monitoring the storm and letting us know the path. >> we got the advisory and it strengthened. so hurricane sandy the winds now sustained at 85 miles an hour. and this is because it is beginning to move over the gulf stream. the warmer waters moving to the north at about 13 miles an hour has picked up steam a bit and look at pressure. 946 so it has gone
romney is going to be campaigning in virginia. >>> gnaw web site for job training, mayor stephanie rollins blake will launch --.com will also be on hand. this will take place at the east side traffic center, the career center there. >> so just $1.84 you're going to be able to get a gallon of gas and fill up your tank tank for less than normal. the price will be rolled back at one gas station for a limited time today. the group of americans for prosperity say they want to show how different things were four years ago before president obama took office. the rollback will take place from 4 until 6 this evening at the hess gas staying. >>> it's american indian heritage month and lieutenant governor anthony brown is presiding over a ceremony today. the festivities include traditional dancing, crafts and vendors. >>> local marines are once again working to collect holiday presents for children in need this year. this is your chance to help out toys"r"us. they are helping out with this. they're having the toy drive campaign and marines will be at the stores in baltimore today to take your
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